The Dallas Mavericks are aiming to be major sellers as the NBA trade deadline approaches and apparently the entire roster sans 3 players, are available for the taking, according to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News
Those 3 players happen to be Dirk Nowitzki, Dennis Smith Jr and Harrison Barnes. Absolutely no surprises there and there is no surprise that players such as Nerlens Noel are being shopped.
Per Sefko’s report, Cuban, who is loyal to his players, is looking to make a move to improve the Mavericks future.
“Winning is always the foundation to loyalty,” Cuban said.
“Every player knows what the goal of our organization is — to win championships. Unfortunately, that means trading or releasing players we really care about. [And] it’s very hard to make decisions on what to do or not to do.”
Mavericks’ Luka Doncic Believes He Has Exceeded Expectations
Rookie of the Year frontrunner and Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Doncic is wowing everyone with his rookie season. Even himself.
Doncic believes that he is playing better than many expected him to as he transitioned to the NBA from the EuroLeague, where he was named their MVP.
“I played professionally with a lot of good European players. So, yeah,” Doncic said of his transition to the NBA, according to Michael Lee of The Athletic.
“It’s just basketball. I want to enjoy it. I think I’ve played better than expected. I’m happy about it, but this keeps going.”
Doncic has posted 19.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game this season for Dallas.
Mavericks, Hornets Interested in Cavs’ Kevin Love
Love signed a four-year, $120 million deal with Cleveland last season, adding some financial difficulties to trading him.
However, Love, 30, is drawing interest, as teams covet his scoring and rebounding abilities.
Mavs’ Gauging Interest In Dennis Smith Jr.
Smith has fallen out of the mix in Dallas due to his injury history and the emergence of rookie Luka Doncic this season.
Smith, 21, has a promising rookie season, in which he posted 15.2 PPG and 5.2 APG for Dallas in 69 games for the Mavericks.
Smith has been limited to only 3 games in Decembers due to a wrist injury.
Per Stein’s report, the Mavericks are “at least gauging [the] market” for Smith and are “plotting” to build their roster around Doncic.
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